Fermanagh to feature on Countryfile!

Friday 22 July 2016

County Fermanagh is set to take centre stage on popular BBC show Countryfile later this month.

The Countryfile film crew and presenter and farmer Adam Henson were amazed by the stunning scenery, glorious weather and friendly welcome they received when they visited Lough Erne earlier this week.

They travelled to the county to find out how we are working in partnership with local farmers to improve the fortunes of threatened wading birds like curlew and lapwing.

RSPB NI owns or helps manage more than 40 islands in the Lower Lough and we work closely with farmers to ensure the islands are grazed appropriately by livestock so they are in perfect condition for wildlife. Ground-nesting birds need grass of various heights to lay eggs and raise their young successfully and, thanks to targeted management, the number of breeding waders in the area has increased.

While weather and other external factors means breeding numbers vary from year to year, around 250 pairs of breeding waders now make their homes on the islands in Lower Lough Erne which RSPB NI oversees.

Over two days, the cameras rolled as cattle and sheep were moved from the mainland at Rosscor and Boa Island to Muckinish Island and Hare Island.

The crew also took in the picturesque views from the water and from the Lough Navar viewpoint.

As well as finding out about the rich wildlife in the area, Killadeas man Fred Ternan was also interviewed. Fred, who heads up the Lough Erne Heritage group was the last man to be born on Lower Lough Erne.

The summer special episode will air on BBC1 on Sunday, 31 July so make sure to tune in!

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Tagged with: Country: Northern Ireland Topic: Conservation Topic: Farming Topic: Giving Nature a Home Topic: Habitat conservation Topic: People Topic: Reserves Topic: Species conservation